“Hideous” Brooklyn home faces demolition

Landlord caves to pressure from residents over cantilevered two-story property

TRD New York /
Apr.April 28, 2014 03:45 PM

The owner of a stalled construction site in Homecrest, Brooklyn, plans to tear it down after many residents have derided it as “hideous.”

The cantilevered two-story house at 1882 East 12th Street was constructed on top of a bungalow. The city issued a stop-work order on the site after a neighbor argued that the underlying slab was intended to support a porch rather than a full building, Brooklyn Daily reported. Last summer, landlord Joseph Durzieh received city approval to continue construction. But Durzieh wrote a letter to the city last month expressing his interest in demolishing the site. A formal application might be submitted next week.

Durzieh tapped engineer James Feuerborn of Thornton Tomasetti to devise plans for the demolition.

“It’s a gaming of the system which produced this awful monstrosity,” local architect Walter Maffei told Brooklyn Daily. “The application was pure fantasy and total disregard for any policies and procedures required by the DOB.” [Brooklyn Daily]Mark Maurer

Related Articles

(Image by Wolfgang & Hite via Dezeen)

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys

Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Wendy Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images)

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

Check out NYC’s biggest investment sales deals

Check out NYC’s biggest investment sales deals

Two Trees’s Jed Walentas, Bjarke Ingels and a rendering of the project (Credit: Getty Images, BIG)

Two Trees unveils bold plan for Williamsburg towers, beach

Democratic State Sen. James Skoufis (Credit: NY Senate)

Real estate agents facing subpoenas after failing to appear at hearing

WeWork Co-CEO Artie Minson (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

WeWork tries to escape leases — and eviction

207 East 94th Street, Glenwood Management’s Carole Pittelman and Hirschfeld Properties’ Elie Hirschfeld (Credit: Google Maps)

Glenwood Management makes rare sale with Upper East Side deal